My Reading List

Looking for something to read? Here is every book I read in the Peace Corps, 105 in total. I have rated them 1-10 (1 = bad; 10 = great) based on how much I enjoyed them. (A * denotes a re-read for me.)

2016

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver* 10
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren 7
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr 7
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 7
The Joy Luck Club: A Novel by Amy Tan* 10
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance 10
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 3
Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff 5
Bossypants by Tina Fey 5
The Trespasser: A Novel by Tana French 10
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins* 9
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson 5
Still Alice by Lisa Genova 7

2017

Faithful Place by Tana French* 10
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating by Kiera Van Gelder 6
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick 10
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed* 10
Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith 2
A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman 6
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill 2
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 5
Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennesse Williams 5
The One I Left Behind: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon 7
Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline 5
Don’t Breathe a Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon 6
Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter 2
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 6
Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver 8
Girl at War: A Novel by Sara Novic 9
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Safak 2
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee* 10
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee 1 (This is literally the worst book I have ever finished.)
All He Ever Wanted: A Novel by Anita Shreve 10
Beautiful Bodies: A Novel by Laura Cunningham 4
White Oleander (Oprah’s Book Club) by Janet Fitch* 10 (My favorite book of all time)
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King 10 (Disclaimer: I am friends with the author.)
A Good Year by Peter Mayle 9
The Potter’s Field (Inspector Montalbano ) by Andrea Camilleri 8
Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana 6
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon 10
The Stand by Stephen King 10
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan 5
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan 6
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold 8
A Mercy by Toni Morrison 4
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 8
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 2
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays by Samantha Irby 7
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva 8
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 10
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender 2
Dolores Claiborne: A Novel by Stephen King 5
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle 10
The Best American Short Stories 2011 (edited by Geraldine Brooks) 9
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler 7
Born to Rock by Korman, Gordon (2008) Paperback by Gordon Korman 2
The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) by Lemony Snickett 3
I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel by Laura Lippman 2
The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries) by Claire Messud 4
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans 6
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger* 10
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva 8
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett 8
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 10
Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol 9
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy 9
Let the Right One In: A Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist 10 (This is the best non-re-read book I read my whole time in Kosovo)
The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah 9
The Remains of the Day (2nd Edition) (York Notes Advanced) by Kazuo Ishiguro 8
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 6
Still Life by Louis Penny 9
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 9
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman 10
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling* 10
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling* 10
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling* 10

2018

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling* 10
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling* 9 (This one is my least-favorite HP book)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling* 10
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling* 10
Albania’s Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans by Marcus Tanner 10
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 8
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer 10
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen 6
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) by Patricia Briggs 6
The Perfect Nanny: A Novel by Leila Slimani 3
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth 9
The Revolution of Marina M. (A Novel) by Janet Fitch 2
Looking for Alaska by John Greene 4
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child 7
Firefly Lane: A Novel by Kristin Hannah 6
Holes by Louis Sacher 6
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 10
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 9
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 6
Precious by Sapphire (2009-10-20) by Sapphire 10
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity 8
A Secret Kept: A Novel by Tatiana De Rosnay 8
The Likeness by Tana French* 8
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan 7
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid 10
The Descendants: A Novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings 7
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory 9
The Ranger (A Quinn Colson Novel) by Ace Atkins 6
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 10
Coraline by Neil Gaiman 9
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine By Ibtisam Barakat 10

Books About How Shitty/Depressing it is to be Middle-Aged
Veronica
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Beautiful Bodies
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Woman Upstairs
Firefly Lane: A Novel

Books with a Creative/Unusual Premise
Mirror in the Sky
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The One I Left Behind
Station Eleven

Funny Autobiographies
Bossypants
Scrappy Little Nobody
Dad is Fat
Food: A Love Story
We are Never Meeting in Real Life
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands

Serious Autobiographies
Buddha and the Borderline
A Mother’s Reckoning
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Dancing with Myself
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir
Lab Girl
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

Kids’ Books
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)
Holes
Coraline

Young Adult Novels
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Mirror in the Sky
Born to Rock (repackage)
Eleanor & Park
Looking for Alaska

Books About Obsession/Obsessive Love
All He Ever Wanted: A Novel
The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel
I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel
The One I Left Behind: A Novel

Historical Fiction
Orphan Train
The Book Thief
The Nightingale: A Novel
The Remains of the Day
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
Sarah’s Key

Non-Fiction Books About Mental Illness
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Fiction Books About Mental Illness
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

My Favorite Books I Read (that I hadn’t previously read):
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
The Stand
All He Ever Wanted: A Novel
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
The Best American Short Stories 2011
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Eleanor & Park
Dancing with Myself
No Country for Old Men
Let the Right One In: A Novel
Station Eleven

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